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As most people know, February is Black History Month. It’s a time when we make an intentional effort to acknowledge the noteworthy and historical contributions of black citizens to our American way of life. During this time, we look to celebrate both the accomplishments and the individuals who have made these significant contributions to our culture and our society.
As the national governing body of lacrosse, we’d like to seize this opportunity to also celebrate diversity and inclusion in our sport. We all benefit from expanding opportunities for participation. As we make efforts to do just that going forward, we want to also share stories of past successes that celebrate inclusion.
In conjunction with Black History Month, US Lacrosse is sponsoring a ‘Lax For All’ essay contest that simply asks “What is the importance of diversity and inclusion in lacrosse?”
We’re inviting you to tell us, in as little as 300 words and no more than 1,000 words, what diversity and inclusion has meant to you and to your lacrosse community. How has it impacted your lacrosse experience?
This contest is open to all US Lacrosse member players and coaches, with submissions accepted through March 1. US Lacrosse will select four winning essays—two youth (one male, one female), one college student and one coach—and will award prizes to those winners.
There are a couple more rules, so we ask that you click here to get all the information.
And remember, diversity is a broad topic. It’s not limited simply to differences in race. You can also write about diversity as it relates to ethnicity, gender, socio-economic issues and a lot more. Give it some thought, and help us celebrate your positive lacrosse experience that resulted from making our game inclusive to all.
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